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  • The last time Victoria Bond spoke with The Star, it was 1999 and she was working on an opera that would become “Mrs. President.” In the 15 years since, she has several more operas to her credit, as well as many other musical pieces for voice, individual instruments, chamber ensembles, and orchestras.

  • The Drawing Room and its partners, Emily Goldstein and Victoria Munroe, celebrate a decade in East Hampton with a surprisingly cohesive salon-style show in its always pleasant but somewhat small gallery space.

  • There is, no doubt, something scattershot about “Attitudes,” this year’s version of the Tripoli Gallery’s annual holiday collective. (It was officially dubbed the Thanksgiving Collective, but we are so far past that now, it seems confusing to hold on to that title, as the show has been extended though Jan. 25.)

  • Is it possible the holidays are finally over? Or worse, that the long nights of winter are now here? It used to be that the six weeks between New Year’s Day and Presidents Day were a dark lonely period of reflection and hibernation. Now, they’re an arts extravaganza, if not on par with the summer, then at least more accessible to the natives.

  • “Law & Order,” a show in its last week at Harper’s Books in East Hampton, is perfectly appropriate for the milieu. Brad Phillips, a Canadian artist, makes visual art often using text as subject matter, and not just any text but deeply evocative, assertive, assaulting, and sometimes disturbing text.

  • It’s been quite a year for Sarah Koenig. The Sagaponack native and Sag Harbor summer resident has gone from being known among a small, quirky subset of brainy public radio listeners for “This American Life” to what might be called an international sensation among a larger, quirky set of brainy podcast listeners. All for “Serial,” which has set iTunes records for being the fastest podcast to reach more than 5 million downloads and streams.

  • The ground beneath the Hamptons art fairs is shifting this summer. For the past three years, Art Southampton held its fair at the Elks Lodge on County Road 39 in Southampton and opened two weeks after ArtHamptons and Art Market Hamptons. Nick Korniloff, director of Art Southampton, said last year he liked being on the highway and opening later. Yet he announced recently that his fair will be moving to Nova’s Ark on Millstone Road in Bridgehampton in 2015 and will run from July 9 through 13, two weeks earlier than last year.

  • One of the second wave of 20th-century artists who found their way to the South Fork and used the landscape as a chief source of inspiration, Jane Freilicher died on Dec. 9 at home in New York City of complications of pneumonia. She was 90.

  • Outside of some art-world friends who lived on the East End, Ray Johnson had a tenuous association here until his ultimate performance in Sag Harbor became the stuff of local and international legend and inextricably bound him to the area. Earnest young artists have made pilgrimages here to retrace his steps and delve for meaning in his use of the numeral 13 and its factors in his age, choice of date, and room number at Baron’s Cove Inn.

  • It is the time of year when galleries often scale their offerings down, not to include less, but to show more, albeit smaller, works at friendlier price points for gift giving. As much as the art world plays by different rules, size does matter, at least when determining value.

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